The Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade has boarded the nearly completed premiere monorail from Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort to the Calabar International Convention Centre at the Summit Hills.
The monorail has 10 coaches and has the capacity to convey 80 people at a time to and from the International Convention Centre across the lake to Tinapa shopping area as well as the hotel.
Governor Ayade, who boarded the monorail alongside the Managing Director, Assets Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, described the project as another feat for Cross River State.
In excitement, Ayade exclaimed: “Cross River has done it again. First it was the longest cable car in Africa; then the longest canopy walkway; and today we are riding on the first monorail in sub-Saharan Africa. It is something that is highly commendable.”
The Governor described the willingness of AMCON to participate in the maiden ride as an indication to partner with the government to revive the dying business and leisure resort.
According to Ayade, “Tinapa is a heritage and the pride of Nigeria. AMCON is here to give a helping hand to resuscitate this robust and tantalizing resort and bring out its potentials”.
“This new frontier with AMCON is one that will translate to greater fortunes for Cross River State and Nigeria at large.”
The Governor pointed out that in line with the vision to transform Cross River State from a civil service dependent economy to one driven by tourism and the huge investment made by previous administrations, the completion of the monorail project was a plus for the people.
“I am very excited that I played a major role in seeing to the realization of this project. Do not forget that this project was conceptualized by Donald Duke, prosecuted by Senator Liyel Imoke, who came and gave it his best by pumping a lot of money to see the monorail come to life. I came, in spite of our dwindling resources and resolutely ensure that the vision was realized,” Governor Ayade stressed.
He stated that: “This clearly shows consistency in our leadership. I see everyone carrying on with the others projects. I want to ensure that all the projects that were started by my predecessors are completed, even as I also pursue my signature projects side by side.”
“While sustaining enduring legacies for our people, my primary focus in the first three years of this administration will be to ensure the completion of all projects embarked upon by Senator Liyel Imoke before I embark on my own key projects.”
Speaking on the management of Tinapa Business Resort, the Managing Director of AMCON, Mr Ahmed Kuru said: “Tinapa is more than a business, it is Nigeria’s heritage. It is important that we look at it beyond Cross River State because it is a heritage that will project Nigeria.”
He described Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort as “nature and technology at play,” that if fully harnessed and aggressively projected, can contribute immensely to the transformation of Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape.